Hot Shots!

July 31st, 1991


Hot Shots!

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Parody of "Top Gun" in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.5/10 (40,922 voted)

Director: Jim Abrahams

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino

Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure.

Writers: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft

Charlie Sheen - Lt. Topper Harley / Rhett Butler / Superman
Cary Elwes - Lt. Kent Gregory
Valeria Golino - Ramada Thompson / Scarlett O'Hara / Lois Lane
Lloyd Bridges - Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson
Kevin Dunn - Lt. Cmdr. James Block
Jon Cryer - Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach
William O'Leary - Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson
Kristy Swanson - Kowalski
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Wilson
Bill Irwin - Buzz Harley
Heidi Swedberg - Mary Thompson
Bruce A. Young - 'Red' Herring
Ryan Stiles - 'Mailman' Farnham
Rino Thunder - Owatonna 'The Old One'
Mark Arnott - Rosener

Taglines: Unprecendented! Uncut! Under 10 dollars!

Release Date: 31 July 1991

Filming Locations: California, USA

Opening Weekend: $10,848,182 (USA) (4 August 1991) (1929 Screens)

Gross: $176,300,000 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

Several aircraft carrier scenes were taken from the movie Flight of the Intruder, including the flyby of 4 planes when the pilots arrive at the aircraft carrier, when the bombs are loaded onto the planes, and when the planes launched for their final mission.

Continuity: During Dead Meat's funeral, the Admiral pulls a revolver out of his waist band. After ducking behind the casket, he begins shooting with a semi automatic pistol.

Kent Gregory: Hey everybody. Drinks are on me.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

It's 2006 and I still believe this is one of the best parodies of all times, worth to include next to Spaceballs, Naked Gun and Scary Movie (all 3 of them).

From time to time I like watching such movies, since I'm sick and tired of all the modern "shoot 'em up" or "philosophy for n00bs" type of films. It's relaxing and a good laugh always makes you forget about everything else.

Now that was besides the point. Getting back to "Hot Shots", I can say only one thing - excellent. And to be honest, every movie that starred Charlie Sheen I've seen since was dull. Maybe it's a little unfair to remember Charlie Sheen only for this role (he's a very good actor), but he was so...funny in it that I can't help it. The movie itself is very well glued together, the scenes are dubbed with the perfect soundtrack to make you laugh 'till you fall off your chair and the comedy techniques are (as somebody said before me) classic - no fart/burp jokes or toilet humor.

Overall, I'd watch it anytime.


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